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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Notre Dame's Smoking Gun

In the first half of Michigan State's 23-7 win over Notre Dame last week, ND Coach Charlie Weis was told to remove a laptop from the coach's box. Apparently, a graduate assistant was using the computer during the game. Said Weis after the game,

"It wasn't like there was somebody trying to do something illegal. I asked upstairs if there was one. I was talking to Michael and he said, `No.' Then, I guess one of the interns had one over there. Then I immediately told (the officials) that there was an intern (with a laptop) and he took it off a ledge and put it on the floor. The last thing I want to do is lie."

Said Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski,

"The first thought you have is, `Are they tracking tendencies or other data.' You cannot use that type of that resource in the coaching box. That's just like you can't have a replay monitor."

The NCAA needs to break out a red flag here. Former New England Patriots videographer Matt Walsh stated last summer in an interview with The New York Times that Weis' inlovement in the 'SpyGate' incident was 75%. In fact, (according to Walsh) it was Weis who would relay the play in to the quarterback after the defensive signals were stolen. I appreciate how Weis says 'the last thing I want to do is lie' about the Michigan State incident, but remember, Weis also never once lied about 'SpyGate' because he refused to talk. More than likely, having your graduate assistants and interns doing whatever they were doing with their laptop during the game points to you trying to get an unfair advantage in some way, shape, or form. I am not necessarily saying what they did is a big advantage because nobody knows what they did exactly - yet. It's fact though that what they did is illegal and the Notre Dame coaching staff knew that beforehand. And in my opinion, it should go without saying that the Bill Belichik and Charlie Weis relationship is more than just a coincidence here.

As Terrell Owens once said, "like my boy tells me: if it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat."